January 20th, 2013

Sarabjit Singh a case of mistaken identity: Counsel

Chandigarh: Claiming that Sarabjit Singh, an Indian national on death row in Pakistan, was a case of mistaken identity, his counsel Awais Sheikh on Saturday said there was no FIR against his name in the bomb blast case.
Talking to reporters here,  Awais Sheikh said Sarabjit was not even an accused in the bomb blast case in which he had been convicted. There had been no FIR against his name in any police station in Pakistan. The accused in the bomb blast was one Manjit Singh. Pakistan police arrested Sarabjit, taking him to be Manjit, and produced him in court in place of Manjit. He said they had pointed out this fact of mistaken identity in the Pakistani courts time and again. He said Sarabjit’s death sentence should be commuted to life sentence and since he had already completed 22 years in prison, he should be released from jail,  Sheikh also released a book written by him on his client titled ‘A Case of Mistaken Identity.’

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